Saturday, 1 February 2014

Not Alone

Not Alone
57cm x 38cm


I didn't think I would already be posting a new painting before the end of the first day of February but I really wanted to share this whilst it is "in the moment". The Adelaide Zoo said farewell yesterday to its Greater Flamingo. It was the last one in Australia and apparently the oldest in the world. He was known to be 83+ as he arrived in Adelaide already mature in 1930. My painting is not a photographic likeness of him but my way of capturing the grace and loveliness of these magnificent birds. I decided to call this one Not Alone as I used the textured background created with cling film to find two more birds.. I came to the studio to play and this is on 1/2 sheet Saunders & Waterford 300 gsm Hot Press Paper. Probably only my second ever hot press painting and I enjoyed using it.









I am also including a collage of the last months challenge paintings.


20 comments:

  1. This is wonderful Lorraine! And your collage is great! I really enjoyed seeing your work each day - congrats on completing the challenge! Love your work! Following your blog so I can see more :) Enjoy your weekend :)

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    1. Hi Sheila, thank you for such lovely words. I hope I can continue to keep you viewing I. The coming months.

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  2. Beautiful Lorraine, so sweet to honor the flamingo. Your collage really points up your accomplishment!

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    1. Thanks Sherry, even though I painted them all it actually sunk in more when I put them altogether

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  3. What? Do you meen that the Flamingo was that old or did I just missunderstand you?! Didnt know they got that old! The painting is lovely. And I do like the two softer Flamingos showing at the back. I have tried cling film too, but don´t think I´m that good at it. But this is nice :) And it´s a beautyful collage you have made! Take care now!

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    1. No misunderstanding Catharina, he was that old. Apparently that is a bit unusual.

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  4. Congratulations on completing the 30 day challenge, Lorraine. It's quite a feat. I am always amazed at the diversity in the paintings we produce when you look at them all together in a gallery.

    Your flamingos are marvellous. I know what you mean about HP paper. I really didn't like working on it at first bit now I love it.

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    1. You are right Vandy, during the painting month you just keep going but it's when you seem them altogether the enormity of the months work hits home. I am keen to explore further on the HP

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  5. Dear Lorraine, the extraordinary story of this flamingo is accompanied by an extraordinary portrait ...
    Great sense of harmony in the looseness of the brush strokes and watercolors flow. Congratulations for winning, with mastery, the challenge of Leslie Saeta!

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    1. Thank you dear Rita for your lovely comment and for your continued support x

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  6. I like the looseness of this to capture the flamingos. I'm sorry to hear he is gone, but I hope he sired a nice new flock during his long life. I like how the paintings look together in the collage! Congrats!!

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  7. Congratulations in completing the challenge with so many beautiful paintings Lorraine! Your collage looks great! Your flamingo is stunning - such a lovely loose style. Loved hearing the story - I'm amazed how old it was.

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    1. I had no idea either Wendy, I did see him when I went on Dec 1st for a photography course at the Zoo.

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  8. A spectacular bird with amazing colors , he obviously had a very good life in the zoo becoming that old :-) Congratulations in ending the challenge and with so many beautiful works that really look great in a collage.

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    1. Thanks Jane, he must have been happy on the most part but he did get attacked by some youths last year who broke into the zoo. Guess like older humans to recover is sometimes too difficult

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  9. Lovely, Lorraine. I love your loose use of paint, and the colors are delicious. What a great idea to find two more birds in your abstract background. Flamingos live that long - who knew?

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  10. Apparently Terry it is not normal to live that long according to articles I read. He had for the most part a good life

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  11. Lorraine - 83 - what an amazing bird. I did not realize they would live that long. As for the painting - it is so lovely. You certainly caught the loveliness of this Flamingo. Glad you are having fun experimenting...looks like Feb. is going to be a very creative month for you!!

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  12. I really enjoyed your collage. Your color palette is so easy on the eyes. I like these collages because they really show a trend for each artist. That is something I don't always notice when looking at individual pieces.

    The flamingo is wonderful!

    I saw a photograph of geese flying yesterday and it reminded me of you!

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